Helping Your Child Get Over The Common Cold

by Susanne Myers

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You know the drill. Sooner or later your little one will wake up with a runny nose, cough and a low fever. With fall and winter well on their way, the season for the common cold has begun.

There are over 200 viruses causing the common cold out there, so we can’t vaccinate our children or find some other surefire way to prevent them from coming down with a cold. Strengthening their immune system is still the best defense against the cold. You can read more about it in our “Cold and Flu Season Are Almost Here” article.

Even though you did your best to strengthen your child’s immune system and made sure he washed his hands a lot, didn’t share food or drinks etc., the inevitable happened and your little one has come down with a cold. Here are a few things you can do to make him feel better and maybe even shorten the duration of the cold.

Get your child to drinks plenty of fluids. This is particularly important if he is running a fever. Try diluting fruit juices with water for extra flavor.

To help relieve congestion and a sore throat offer plenty of warm drinks. Hot chocolate, milk or herbal tea with honey, or try my mom’s “secret” recipe.

Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a mug. Add enough hot water to fill the cup. Add honey to taste. The added vitamin C from the lemon may help your child’s immune system fight the cold. Plus it tastes really good and the honey does wonders to a sore throat. Clear soups are another great way to get those extra fluids in. Of course don’t forget about the old time remedy “Chicken Soup”. Gargling with warm salt water also helps relieve a sore throat.

If your child is very congested, try using a humidifier (we like Vicks Ultrasonic Humidifier), or put him in the bathroom with a hot shower running. The steam helps loosen the congestion and may allow him to breath easier, at least temporarily.

Remember, your child’s body is working extra hard right now to fight this cold. Make sure he gets lots of rest. Encourage afternoon naps and quiet activities like reading books together, coloring or watching a favorite movie. Those activities will also distract him from being sick and make him forget at least for a little while how lousy he feels right now.

Keep a close eye on your child and take him to see a doctor if his condition gets worse. The American Association of Pediatrics recommends to “contact your pediatrician if your youngster develops ear pain or a severe sore throat, or has trouble breathing, or if the cold persists for more than ten days, or if a fever lasts longer than 48 hours.” (Resource http://www.aap.org/pubed/ZZZUZLQP8FC.htm?&sub_cat=107).

Above all, give your child some extra TLC and attention and he’ll be over his cold in no time.

We Recommend:
Vicks Ultrasonic Humidifier

The Vicks Ultrasonic Humidifier produces a superfine, cool mist to restore moisture to dry indoor air for easier breathing and a good night’s sleep. Perfect for your child’s room to alleviate congestion caused by colds and flu, its features include variable mist control and directional mist outlet, plus up to 20 hours of operation per filling. Whisper-quiet function reduces static electricity throughout your home without anyone knowing it’s on.

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